A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 10, 1972

JOHNNY BENCH and Mark Goodman have a number of things in common: they are both from the Southwest, they are both one-eighth Choctaw Indian, and they both had baseball in the blood early. At that point their careers divide for a while. Goodman, his knee battered in high school athletics, quit the game as a Cornell freshman. He took a degree in philosophy, tended bar for a time, and after working for United Press International came to TIME in 1966 as a reporter. He has since written for the Sport, Show Business, Cinema and Nation sections. Bench, less of a rolling...

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